State Attorney General Intervenes in Hindu Temple Dispute

July 11, 2005

Source: The Becket Fund

On July 11, 2005 The Becket Fund reported, "On June 30, 2005, Eliot Spitzer, the Attorney General for the State of New York, filed a brief as Statutory Intervener in the Hindu Temple Society of North America's case defending itself from a hostile takeover in New York State Court... Instead of allowing the Temple to govern itself in the traditional Hindu religious manner, the court has been compelling the Temple to adopt a congregational structure... The Attorney General acknowledges that the N.Y. courts' decisions in this matter have been erroneous... 'The Attorney General argues that the prior mistaken decision of the New York appellate court can be reversed,' stated Becket Fund Of Counsel Roman P. Storzer, 'and it certainly should to avoid becoming the first constitutional decision in this Nation's history permitting the government to decide how religious institutions will be run.'"